Vernonia City News

At the November 17, 2014 City Council Meeting:

Council Appoints and Accepts Resignation for Committees- Based on a recommendation from the Airport Committee and with consensus from Council, Mayor Josette Mitchell appointed Georgeanna Seager to the Airport Committee, beginning January 1, 2015.

Council also accepted the resignation of Barbara Ward from the Library Committee.

Topics From the Floor- Bill Sword explained some of the history of the road through his property and told Council he is tired of the City telling him what he can do with regards to traveling through City owned Anderson Park.

Sword also complained about the garbage containers on Bridge Street at the corners which block drivers view and should be moved to the middle of the block.

Paula Hanson updated Council on her “Walk Your Wheels” project and told them the Lions Club has agreed to pay for  eight signs at a cost of $414.72.  Hanson said she has an agreement with four businesses, Black Iron Grill, All In Pub, Vernonia Florist and Galorist and True Value Hardware to place signs on their buildings.  Hanson is working with city staff  to place the other signs.

Council Discusses Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) Amendment- Council discussed an amendment to the IGA between the City of Vernonia and the Vernonia School District for the construction of Spencer Park.  Through the construction process several agreements were made for changes to the original agreement, but were not officially documented.  The amendment to the IGA updates the final work and documents the District’s compliance with the park construction.  Council agreed with the amendment and asked that it be sent to School Superintendent  Aaron Miller for approval.  The School District and City are attempting to close out the project and have final funds (approximately $500,000) for the construction released from escrow.

Inactive Account Adjustment- Council approved a request from staff to waive fees that were inadvertently charged to a water/sewer account during the process of changing how Inactive Accounts  are handled by the City.

Council Tables WWTP Timeline Decision- Council tabled a discussion and made no decision on a timeline they were presented for the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project.  Councilor Bruce McNair raised questions about the bidding process and the costs associated with  the proposed extended construction schedule  and asked that more information be provided at the next Council meeting.  Council agreed to table the discussion.